Today I’m going to show you one of my absolute favorites. Chances are you’ve already seen it, but it’s so good that it deserves both a second, a third, and a –> ∞ look.
«Rejected was Hertzfeldt’s first film out of college. Released in theaters in 2000, the short won dozens of awards, was nominated for an Oscar, and is an enduring cult classic that is frequently quoted or referenced in pop culture. Fans of the cartoon have been known to wear costumes, re-enact their favorite scenes in fan films, and some have had tattoos made of their favorite characters. Public screenings of the short sometimes become a «Rocky Horror Picture Show-esque feedback loop» of fans reciting favorite lines back at the screen. The short’s enduring popularity has led the film to be described as «this generation’s A Hard Day’s Night«.»
It’s an incredibly funny film, and I have a weak spot for referencing it in my own work. It’s just such a great example of nonsensical humor.